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Bruce Sweeney’s Crimes Of Mike Recket “a challenge”

- September 12th, 2012

Canadian director Bruce Sweeney (Live Bait, Last Wedding) told a Q & A after the Tuesday night TIFF premiere of his latest film, Crimes of Mike Recket, making the neo-noir police prodecural was “a challenge.”
Starring Nicholas Lea (X-Files), the movie is about the downward spiral of failed real-estate agent after he cons an older woman (Gabrielle Rose).
“I wanted to challenge myself and to test myself and to discover, but about a dozen panic attacks in I thought, ‘Why? Why do I have to challenge myself? I’m in my fifth decade. You don’t challenge yourself now. That’s for the young.’ I mean the discoveries in middle age are just unpleasant,” said Sweeney to nervous laughs from the crowd.
“What I discovered is I’m never going to make a police procedural again.”
Lea told the audience the movie was made over 139 weekends, spanning two years in Vancouver and was filmed largely at his house. (It even features a small role by his dog Jimmy.)
Such Vancouver locations as the Endowment Lands and Spanish Banks also figure prominently.
Ultimately, Sweeney said: “You make things that are against your grain, so it’s not always easy, it’s a lot of banging your head against the wall but working with these fabulous actors made it all pretty worthwile.”
Crimes of Mike Recket screens for the public for a second time on Thursday night at 9 p.m at Yonge and Dundas and Sweeney is talking with “niche distributors, very good ones,” so that it has life beyond TIFF.
“Oh, it’ll die a quick death,” he joked of the film which he budgeted at $40,000. “I’d like to be more optimistic. It’s not the greatest landscape for indie films.”

Bring your hankies for tsunami survival tale The Impossible

- September 9th, 2012

Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) delivers a harrowing tale of survival in The Impossible which had its North American premiere at the Princess Of Wales Theatre On Sunday night (Sept. 9) as part of TIFF.
Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor play the parents of a family of three boys on vacation for the holidays in Thailand when the devastating 2004 tsunami strikes and they are separated.
The scenes of the disaster and its aftermath are brutal.
Needless to say there were lots of waterworks shed in the audience throughout the film, which features incredible performances by Watts and Brit Tom Holland as her eldest son.
As in maybe Oscar nominations for both actors, and even the powerful movie itself?
But the floodgates really opened Sunday night when the real-life family, whose story the film is based on, stood up and were embraced by the cast in front of an applauding, cheering audience on its feet at the movie’s end.
And when the family all joined hands and raised their arms in the air, all bets were off.
You heard it hear first: Bring your hankies.